COVID-19 COMMUNITIES: East Dundee Reminds Residents That Garage Sales Still Prohibited

COVID-19 COMMUNITIES: East Dundee Reminds Residents That Garage Sales Still Prohibited

  • Editor’s Note: This article is a “landing page” for local government and community information regarding the coronavirus. Scroll to the bottom of this page for links to the websites of local municipalities, park districts, library districts and more.

10AM WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

East Dundee Reminds Residents That Garage Sales Are Still Prohibited

The village of East Dundee is reminding residents that the village’s June Communitywide Garage Sale has been cancelled this year and that garage sales are still prohibited under the governor’s executive orders.

Village officials offer the reminder in the May 19 edition of the Depot Life e-newsletter, which contains a lot of great information for residents, including a look at the village’s new street banners, links to COVID-19 information on the village’s website and Facebook page, and the Fox River Valley Public Library District’s to offer home delivery services!

11AM MONDAY, MAY 18

Elgin Launches New Spanish Video Series And Webpages 

The city of Elgin continues to find new ways to inform its Spanish-speaking residents, most recently by introducing a new video series as well as Spanish webpages. The first episode of a new video series, “Elgin en Español” was released today.

The series will help educate residents on city services, community news and resources. The city also developed a Spanish landing page on the website where general information can be found, including a Spanish COVID-19 information and resources page.

The new video series, “Elgin en Español” features Elgin natives, police Cmdr. Eric Echevarria and Assistant to the City Manager Karina Nava.

The series features Echevarria and Nava discussing various situations, city services and other important information for residents. Episodes will be released on a monthly basis, and more frequently as needed.

“The idea for the series had been around for some time, but there was no better time to put this initiative on the fast track when we learned how much the pandemic was impacting the Hispanic community,” Nava said. “We saw the opportunity to be a vessel for education.”

These new initiatives come in recognition that there are additional platforms to engage Spanish speaking residents related to City information, services, programs, public safety and more. Nearly half of Elgin’s population is Hispanic and some may be more comfortable receiving City information in Spanish.

“I’m excited to collaborate on this video project as one more way the city is engaging with the Hispanic community,” Echevarria said. “We look forward to working with others in the community as the video series and topics evolve.”

Nava built the landing page on the City’s website, cityofelgin.org/es, to provide general city information and also links to other Spanish pages and resources, such as the new Spanish COVID-19 page.

That page provides similar information to the city’s coronavirus page in Spanish, like news, video updates and the City’s response. Nava also worked with the city’s GIS team to recreate the dashboard in Spanish to visually show data on cases, hospitals and more.

“The website will be an ongoing project. While we have the Google Translate tool on the website, not all translations read appropriately,” Nava said. “When we have extremely important information to share with our community, like with the pandemic, we need to be intentional and take it a step further.”

NOON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

Batavia Park District Cancels Windmill City Fest, Rhapsody Concerts

During COVID-19, the Batavia Park District staff are working hard to ensure ‘Your fun is our business!’ during these difficult times. The safety and health of staff and patrons is of the utmost importance and a determining factor for the future of many events.

The Park District is committed to offering safe, positive experiences, whether virtual or in-person, in the coming weeks and months to support Batavians’ mental and physical health.

With current restrictions on mass gatherings and the announcement of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the Park District is announcing the cancellation of the following events:

  • The 2020 River Rhapsody Concert Series on Wednesday evenings will not take place this year.
  • Windmill City Festival is canceled this summer.

Park District staff continue to work on plans to modify other favorite summer events and programs to comply with social distancing guidelines. Some highlights include:

  • Summer Outdoor Movies will move to a drive-in experience to allow for social distancing.
  • Batavia Senior Citizens Club meetings will meet virtually on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • The Batavia Virtual Recreation Center, found at bataviaparks.org, continues to offer free virtual programming, including Kids’ Corner activities, Fitness and Yoga class, and Active Adult socializing programming.
  • Various Youth Variety programs that were originally in-person are moving to an online, interactive format.
  • All Star Sports classes are offered online, in the comfort of your own home or backyard.

While this summer is going to be different, the Batavia Park District is here for your recreation needs. We will continue to work hard to keep the parks and trails clean, modify summer events and programming where possible, and provide memorable experiences for your family this summer!

For more information, or to view the COVID-19 updates, visit the website at bataviaparks.org.

10AM WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

Aurora Hosts May 16 Mask Giveaway

11:15AM TUESDAY, MAY 12

Elgin Initiating 3rd Round of Expenditure Reductions

The city of Elgin is initiating its third round of expenditure reductions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Reductions impact summer parks and recreation facilities, special events, employee wages and employment statuses.

Parks and Recreation, Special Events Changes

The continuing social distancing limitations in the governor’s executive order effectively prevent the opening of the outdoor pools at Lords Park and Wing Park.

The Lords Park Farm Zoo will also require closing through the summer. Special events being cancelled include the traditional Memorial Day observations, Fish for Fun, the Fourth of July parade and fireworks, Elgin Summer Theatre and in late October, Elgin’s signature special event, Nightmare on Chicago Street.

Budgeted improvements at Festival Park and a special events marketing proposal are also being delayed. The combined expenditure reductions from all these actions totals $1,058,000.

The city’s parks and recreation and special event staff will continue monitoring the changing environment in an effort to resume programming and events when possible. Plans have already been initiated for a modified Memorial Day observance at Bluff City Cemetery and the opening of the Festival Park splash pad is also being considered.

The popular, summer Drop-In Playground Program that provides free lunches to Elgin children is also being reconfigured to operate under social distancing protocols.

Staff also continues assessing options to open city facilities including the Hemmens Cultural Center, the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin, the Eastside Recreation Center, Hawthorne Hill Nature Center and the Elgin Sports Complex — all currently closed under the stay-at-home order. Staff will also evaluate options for a potential downtown-based event in the fall.

Wage and Staffing Reductions

Wage and staffing reductions are also being implemented, effective today. City department head salaries are being reduced 10% and all other salaried employees by 5%. Some employees are also being reduced to part-time status while others are being furloughed until July 6.

These furloughs and work hour reductions are being made in addition to the employees first furloughed or having their hours reduced beginning on March 31 and now continuing through July 6.

These reductions, combined with five unfilled positions and two positions in the organization that will not be replaced, total $1.4 million.

Sworn personnel in the fire and police departments are not being impacted by wage reductions. Although they have all chosen an industry with inherent risks associated with the performance of their duties, the persistent threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic has exposed Elgin’s first responders to heightened risk.

Employees in the collective bargaining units are not being impacted at this time with the expectation they will join all city staff with shared sacrifice in 2021 and participate in organization-wide wage freezes totaling $1.7 million.

“The actions being implemented today balance our commitment to provide exceptional city services at the lowest possible cost to Elgin’s residents and businesses, with the need to reduce organizational expenses during these unprecedented economic conditions,” said City Manager Rick Kozal. “We share in the community’s suffering and remain mindful of what will likely be a difficult road back to recovery,” Kozal said.

Elgin Expenditure Reductions in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

The city first implemented employee furloughs on March 15 following Pritzker’s stay-at-home executive order. Those furloughs, along with hiring delays and work hour reductions for certain administrative staff generated $346,790 in expenditure reductions through May 10.

In mid-April, the city postponed work on two budgeted capital projects, the LED streetlight conversion program in the amount of $2.55 million and the Dundee-Summit intersection reconstruction totaling $2.5 million.

The city’s 2020 budget also planned to complete $9.645 million in capital improvements for its water and sewer system. The city postponed $6.5 million in budgeted water and sewer projects, facilitating the issuance of debt in the lowered amount of $3.15 million.

The city continues to vigilantly monitor the rapidly changing economic conditions to determine the appropriate action necessary to maintain the City’s sound financial condition, operations and services.

1:30PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

St. Charles Can No Longer Accommodate Birthday Parades

Due to an overwhelming response from the community, the St. Charles Police and Fire Departments can no longer participate in birthday parades for community members.

In a news release today, the city of St. Charles said, effective immediately, no more requests for these special parade events are being taken. Parade commitments previously scheduled with the Fire Department will be honored when possible, based on personnel availability.

The events had become increasingly popular amid the governor’s stay-at-home order.

“Everyone truly enjoyed being involved and watching the children’s faces as we drove up with our lights and sirens going,” said Police Cmdr. Special Services Rich Clark. “But based on an increase in our calls for service, it has become increasing more difficult for our officers to participate in the daily parades.”

Clark, who was coordinating requests, had received 62 parade requests since April 3.

Fire Chief Scott Swanson echoed the sentiment.

“We were happy to be able to do something special for the community during these difficult times,” Swanson said. “Unfortunately, our ability to attend these events has become too challenging.”

  • Editor’s Note: The feature photo for this article is an Elgin Fire Department parade. We used the photo simply to illustrate the concept of a police and fire parade.

NOON TUESDAY, MAY 5

Fox Valley Park District Creates ‘One-Stop Shop’ For Virtual Recreation

 

In the spirit of delivering programs and activities to its residents, the Fox Valley Park District is offering recreational opportunities in a virtual capacity during disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Shortly after the state’s stay-at-home order, FVPD staff unveiled a variety of online activities, which are featured daily on social media channels, to promote and encourage community engagement.

The wide-ranging series offers activities in Fox Fitness, Athletics, Performing Arts – and more.

The FVPD on Monday published a dedicated webpage titled “Virtual Recreation,” which serves as a hub with links to its online activities in every category.

The page can be accessed at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/virtual-recreation.

“We thought it’d be handy for residents if we created a ‘one-stop shop,’ so anyone can sign up or participate in the virtual programs we’re offering,” said Jaime Ijams, the FVPD’s director of recreation.

“We understand some people have allegiances to specific areas or programs within the District, but we also wanted to provide a comprehensive library of everything we’re offering in a virtual capacity — through at least May — for residents to consider as they seek recreational opportunities during this downtime.”

Ijams noted that additional programs/activities will be added to the page as they’re developed.

The FVPD’s “Virtual Recreation” page includes programs from Athletics, Blackberry Farm, Creative Play & Nature Play Preschool, Early Childhood, E-Sports (coming soon!), Fox Fitness, General Interest & Recreation, Performing Arts, Red Oak Nature Center and Tennis.

8:30AM THURSDAY, APRIL 30

Elgin, Others Extend Facility Closures Through at Least May 30

Consistent with the governor’s Stay at Home Order timeline, facility closures in Elgin and other municipalities in Kane County have been extended through at least May 30.

The following is news-release information from the city of Elgin.

Facilities Closed to the Public

  • City Hall
  • The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin
  • Eastside Recreation Center
  • Hawthorne Hill Nature Center  *Trails remain open from dawn until dusk
  • Elgin Sports Complex
  • Hemmens Cultural Center
  • Elgin Art Showcase
  • Elgin Police Department Lobby

Elgin’s 76 parks remain open, but playgrounds are closed. Residents can still walk, run, ride their bikes or walk their dogs.

These activities cannot be done in groups. Rather, outdoor activity should be solo or with a household partner only. Remember to practice social distancing.

City of Elgin is still open for business

How can you pay your water bill?

Pay your water bill online at cityofelgin.org/waterbill, over the phone (call 311) or place a check in the drop box outside the entrance to City Hall.

Water service will be maintained on delinquent accounts until further notice. Staff will continue issuing notices of delinquency, but late fees will be waived and payment plans arranged for those experiencing economic hardships during this time.

City service requests and information?

Call 311 or email elgin311@cityofelgin.org. Our citizen advocates are happy to assist you.

How can I get and pay for a permit?

Submit permits, submit plans, request inspections or ask any other questions related to the issuance or payment of a permit by emailing permits@cityofelgin.org.

This email inbox will be monitored in real time by community development staff during regular business hours. Make sure to provide accurate contact information including your email address and phone number so staff can contact you.

Be as descriptive as possible with your request to enhance staff’s ability to respond.

How can you pay your tickets or citations?

Municipal parking tickets, speeding tickets and code citations can also be paid online at cityofelgin.org/paybill.

How can you file a non-emergency police report?

Instead of having a police officer show up in person, you can report non-emergency police issues over the phone at 847-289-2700 or through the online reporting system.

Reports for accidental damage to property, burglary to vehicle, harassing/annoying phone calls, theft, vandalism to vehicle, accidental damage to vehicle, gas stations drive-off, lost/mislaid property and vandalism can be submitted online at cityofelgin.org/policereport.

See the city’s website for the most updated information: cityofelgin.org/coronavirus.

8:30AM TUESDAY, APRIL 28

Flush Water in Vacant, Under-Used Buildings

The city of Aurora sent out a Facebook missive this week with a good reminder: Flush your water systems if you own or operate a facility that’s been dormant during the Illinois stay-at-home.

The Centers For Disease Control says that’s a really good idea for any business, school or facility that’s been closed — and is imperative for any reopening.

Stagnant, or standing water can cause conditions that increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria.

When water is stagnant, hot water temperatures can decrease to the Legionella growth range (77–108°F, 25–42°C). Stagnant water can also lead to low or undetectable levels of disinfectant, such as chlorine.

Ensure that your water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.

The CDC recommends flushing bi-weekly. The city of Aurora recommends you consider consulting with a plumber to set up a flushing plant.

Establishing a water management plan also is recommended by the Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources.

2PM FRIDAY, APRIL 17

Geneva Cancels Swedish Days

You know it’s a sign of the COVID-19 times when the granddaddy of all summer festivals is cancelled.

Swedish Days Carnival

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce announced that one its longest-standing traditions — Swedish Days — will be cancelled this year due to health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors said this is the first time in almost 70 years that the chamber has had to take such action. The event was scheduled to be held June 23 to June 28 this year.

“While this decision was difficult, we felt that it is for the safety of our Swedish Days visitors and participants. The advanced notice of this cancellation is a necessity at this time because so many of the details need to be finalized over the next few weeks,” said Paula Schmidt, president of Geneva Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone has been very understanding and appreciative. We are definitely all in this together. Our greatest assets are our people in Geneva and around Geneva. We must keep them healthy and safe.”

“We are exploring options to schedule other, smaller events throughout the summer and will try to incorporate favorite elements from Swedish Days into those events,” said Laura Rush, communications manager of Geneva Chamber of Commerce. “More information will be released when finalized.”

Updates on all festivals may be found on the Chamber of Commerce’s website.

IDOT Will Pave State Street Bridge in Geneva

10:30AM THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Elgin Says City Budget Is ‘Well Positioned’ To Withstand Near-Term Impact of COVID-19

S&P Global Ratings released an update this week on the city of Elgin’s financial position, saying the city is “well positioned to withstand the near-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and current recession.”

This screenshot from Elgin’s budget shows the diversity of the city’s revenue sources.

The news release follows the AA+ rating and the stable outlook on the city’s General Obligation bonds assigned by S&P Global Ratings on March 4, 2020.

“Diversifying our revenue streams over recent years has proven to be a prudent strategy,” said Chief Financial Officer and Budget Officer Debra Nawrocki. “This is tremendous news to receive during such uncertain times.”

City officials said Elgin’s “diversified revenues” means that it derives funding from many sources other than property taxes, which allows Elgin to withstand short-term fluctuations in the economy better than communities that only rely on a few revenue sources.

The city only uses riverboat gaming fund revenue for capital projects. With gaming temporarily shut down by the state of Illinois, anticipated losses will not impact the city’s general operations, but rather budgeted projects will need to be evaluated and either delayed or cancelled.

City officials say they have applied for Federal Emergency Management Administration funds to assist with expenditures associated with the pandemic, such ascosts for needed personal protective equipment and overtime costs.

The city has also provided emergency funding to assist the community in other ways, for example, an emergency loan to Food For Greater Elgin and payments to New Life Covenant Church to assist in providing a temporary daytime shelter for those experiencing homelessness.

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release

10:15AM MONDAY, APRIL 13

Elgin Mayor Urges All To Wear a Mask, Face Covering

 

Mayor David Kaptain is urging the community to wear masks or cloth face coverings with a new campaign, “Show you care. Cover up.”

😷In recognition that is difficult to maintain social distancing measures in public settings, like checking out at the grocery store, Kaptain is imploring the community to wear a face covering to help protect one another.

The Center for Disease Control (advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

“By taking extra precautions like wearing a mask, we are keeping ourselves and those working in our community safe and healthy as we work together to slow the spread of coronavirus,” said Mayor David Kaptain.

Show you care by posting a selfie of you with your mask. Tag @cityofelgin on Instagram or Facebook. The City accounts will then share your selfies to its stories as a thank you for doing your part.

Don’t have a mask? Masks can be easily made at home with household items and you don’t even need a sewing machine.

Here are some homemade face covering instructions:

CDC Guidance on Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

11:45AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Aurora Mayor, Police Chief Share Stories of Recovering From COVID-19

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, Police Chief Kristen Ziman and Aurora Police Cmdr. Keith Cross all have contracted and are recovering from the coronavirus.

They will share information about their personal battles with the disease at 3:30 p.m. TODAY (Wednesday, April 8, 2020) via Facebook live @CityofAuroraIL. Officials say you can also find information on the event by visiting the city’s website at www.aurora-il.org.

You can see a sneak peek of the discussion by clicking on the WGN video interview above.

Officials are expected to share “their roads to full recovery and why everyone must take this crisis seriously.”

11:15AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Lindsay Judd Announced as New Executive Director of St. Charles History Museum

It’s heartening to see interviews conducted electronically and via social distancing, decisions being made and people getting hired in the midst of the COVID-19 emergency.

Such is the case today, as the St. Charles History Museum this week announced the hiring of Lindsay Judd as its new executive director. A native of St. Charles, Judd brings more than six years of prior museum experience to her new institution.

Judd began her career as an intern at the St. Charles History Museum in 2009, and from there went on to become heritage interpreter at Kline Creek Farm. In 2013, Judd was hired as executive director at the Mount Prospect Historical Society, where she worked for six years. Judd is excited to return to St. Charles as executive director of her hometown museum.

“St. Charles has an amazing and lengthy history with all kinds of great stories and interesting figures,” Judd said. “I couldn’t be more excited to step into this new role and to help tell the stories of this city and its people,”

Stepping into the executive director position, Judd looks to build upon the museum’s newly-introduced strategic plan, and to continue working to solidify the Museum’s role as an integral resource for the community and a valuable partner in the future.

“We are very pleased with our decision to hire Lindsay,” said Museum Board President Mike Corbett. “She brings a high level of enthusiasm, passion, and dedication to our institution, and we are excited to see what she does for her community’s museum.”

For more information, contact museum staff at 630-584-6967 or via e-mail at info@stcmuseum.org.

8:30AM TUESDAY, APRIL 7

2nd Elgin Police Department Employee Tests Positive on April 5

The Elgin Police Department announced that a second civilian employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee’s last work day was March 18. The employee received a test on March 30 and was informed on April 5 that the test result was positive.

Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley

“We offer support, encouragement and positivity to our employee, who is now dealing with this very unfortunate situation,” said Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that other employees and the community are both safe and informed.”

The Police Department has notified its employees that a second civilian employee has contracted the virus and has recommended to them that they should stay home should they begin to feel ill.

“I am thankful that the two members of our Department immediately notified us of their test results so that we can keep our employees informed and that everyone can take appropriate steps to keep themselves, their families and their colleagues safe,” said Chief Lalley.

8:30AM FRIDAY, APRIL 3

Civilian Employee of Elgin Police Department Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Elgin Police Department learned Thursday that one of its civilian employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee’s last work day was March 22. The employee received a test on March 31 and was informed on April 1 that the test result was positive.

Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley

“We are saddened to learn that one of our own team members is now part of the growing number of individuals who are suffering from COVID-19 and will do whatever is necessary to offer support during this challenging time,” said Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley.  “We send good thoughts and wishes to our employee during this time, and we are also mindful of our responsibility to ensure that other department members and the community are safe.”

Immediately upon learning of the information, the Police Department conducted a review to determine whether any employees or members of the public could have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 from the employee.

That review revealed no information that requires the department to take any further precautionary measures beyond what protocols and safeguards are currently in place.

“I am grateful for all of the precautionary actions taken by the department in early March to help protect our team and limit interactions and potential exposures to others,” Lalley said.

For more information, please contact Public Information and Community Outreach Manager Kristie Hilton at 847-289-2970 (O) or 847-417-2101.

11AM THURSDAY, APRIL 2

Kane Cities, Villages Extend Emergency Declarations

Cities and villages throughout Kane County have extended emergency declarations following news that the state has extended its stay-at-home restrictions through April 30.

Aurora announced today that it is extending its Emergency Declaration enacted in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic through May 15, with an option to be withdrawn earlier if the emergency no longer exists.

The declaration is a critical measure to ensure public health and safety, to expedite the procurement of goods and services and to quickly enforce emergency planning decisions.

Aurora City Hall and all city properties — including parks, playgrounds, museums, the golf course and the zoo — will remain closed to the public through May 15, but can reopen earlier if the declaration is withdrawn.

Elgin’s facility closures and class, program and event cancellations are extended through at least April 30. The regularly scheduled city council meetings on April 8 and 22 will occur virtually. Other April board and commission meetings are cancelled.

CLICK THIS LINK OR SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE FOR LINKS TO EACH CITY AND VILLAGE WEBSITE IN KANE COUNTY.
 
Elgin Facilities Closed to the Public

  • City Hall
  • The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin
  • Eastside Recreation Center
  • Bowes Creek Country Club
  • Highlands of Elgin
  • Wing Park Golf Course
  • Hawthorne Hill Nature Center  *Trails remain open from dawn until dusk
  • Elgin Sports Complex
  • Hemmens Cultural Center
  • Elgin Art Showcase
  • Elgin Police Department Lobby

Elgin’s 76 parks remain open, but playgrounds are closed. Residents can still walk, run, ride their bikes or walk their dogs. These activities cannot be done in groups. Rather, outdoor activity should be solo or with a household partner only. Remember to practicing social distancing.

10:30AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Census Day Is Here – Make It Count!

Count Determines How Funds Are Allocated

Today (April 1, 2020) is Census Day, the day that determines who is counted in the 2020 Census and where they are counted.

And the 2020 census is taking on new urgency of Kane County communities, because of federal funding allocations, government representation and the hard truth that census takers won’t be able to go door-to-door for weeks or maybe even months.

So now is the time to buckle down and take the 2020 Census online or by phone.

Census Bureau stats show Illinois is about at the national average for self-response — but due in part to the COVID-19 emergency, numbers are below what officials were hoping.

This is important stuff, and the data will be even more important as government officials decide how to dole out relief from the pandemic.

Census statistics inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.

So Far, Not So Good

36.2 percent of households across the nation have responded to the 2020 Census since invitations began arriving in mailboxes March 12-20. Response rates are updated in the map daily seven days a week so that the public can see how well their community is doing compared to the nation and other areas.

The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. You can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages.

There are also 59 non-English language guides and videos (plus American Sign Language) available on 2020census.gov ensuring over 99% of U.S. households can respond online in their preferred language. It has never been easier to respond on your own — all without having to meet a census taker. This is really important with the current health and safety guidance being provided by national, state and local health authorities.

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.   

Please note: Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.

The Census Bureau continues to evaluate all 2020 Census field operations, and will communicate any further updates as soon as possible.

The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, and by paper through the mail.

8:30AM TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Elgin Supports Temporary Daytime Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness

The city of Elgin has partnered with New Life Covenant Church to provide temporary daytime accommodations. The partnership comes at a time of increased demand for daytime shelter because many service providers are at capacity.

“Every individual in Elgin needs to be provided with basic necessities, especially when public facilities are closed and regular shelters have been forced to adjust their services and availability,” said Mayor David Kaptain. “I am so grateful for New Life Covenant’s ability and willingness to step in and take on this important role to provide services and refuge to our community during this trying time.”

The city will provide funding to New Life Covenant to assist in operations of the temporary daytime shelter, which offers a clean and safe environment for individuals and will be equipped with bathing facilities, cots and meals.

“Our mission has always been to be a church for the hurting. We have been saying all year, that it would be irresponsible for us to look away,” said Pastor Abi Raices of New Life Covenant Church in Elgin. “It is only right that we convert our sanctuary into shelter for those needing refuge during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Individuals in need can be picked up and dropped off outside the Elgin Police Department, located at 151 Douglas Ave.. Each day pickup time is 9 a.m. and drop off time is 5 p.m. Social distancing will be maintained on the New Life Covenant Church bus, and multiple trips will occur as demand warrants.

This action is consistent with the city‘s commitment to providing basic needs, like safe drinking water, food and shelter during the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 20, Kaptain approved an emergency loan to Food For Greater Elgin to ensure the community has guaranteed access to food. In addition, in late 2019, Elgin City Council committed funding for a low threshold shelter in Elgin.

Work continues with community partners to determine the feasibility and operational needs for such a shelter. During the 2019-2020 winter, New Life Covenant Church stepped in to manage operations of the emergency shelter at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Elgin, providing overnight shelter when cold weather posed threats to those experiencing homelessness.

Since the Stay at Home Executive Order earlier this month, staff has been actively working with its community partners to make sure individuals experiencing homelessness have a safe place to go. The Elgin Police Department’s social services team is providing assistance on an individual basis.

Staff has been in communication with Elgin area shelters that have shared their challenges in dealing with coronavirus, like being forced to reduce capacity in order to implement federal guidelines of social distancing.

Need help?

If you are experiencing homelessness and are in need of assistance, please contact the Elgin Police Department’s Social Services Division Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 7 p.m. at 847-289-2629. If you need assistance outside of those hours, contact the Elgin Police Department non-emergency line at 847-289-2700.

Want to help?

Supplies like masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes or sprays, liquid soap and water are needed and donations can be made by emailing Pastor Abi.

3:15PM MONDAY, MARCH 30

Aurora Will Hold Council Meeting Online April 1

Due to the coronavirus crisis and the Executive Order to stay at home, the Aurora City Council will hold its first remote meeting this week.

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, via the Zoom video conferencing platform.

As all Aurora City Council meetings, public viewing will be available on the city’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofauroraIL) and on the homepage of the city’s website (www.aurora-il.org).

Public comments for this meeting must be pre-arranged with the city clerk by 1 p.m. on April 1 via email at CityClerk@aurora-il.org or voicemail 630-256-3070. Speakers must provide their name, telephone number from which they will access the meeting, and the topic of their comment.

To join the meeting and make public comments via telephone, participants who pre-registered can call 312-626-6799 and use meeting ID 525 924 403. Be advised all telephone numbers and participant names will be visible to the public.

The agenda for the April 1 meeting is available at www.aurora-il.org/985/City-Council-Agendas-Minutes

4:30PM SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Aurora Mayor, Police Chief Test Positive For COVID-19

The Kane County Health Department confirmed Friday the positive COVID-19 test results for Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman.

Under stern advice from the Health Department, both were tested last Saturday after an Aurora Police supervisor tested positive for COVID-19.

“I am thankful for the health experts and their recommendation for testing,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “I am not certain when I contracted the virus, but I was able to curb any further community spread by self-quarantining and not going about each day with business as usual, albeit with social distancing.”

The mayor’s last public appearance was Friday, March 20, during a media briefing at Aurora City Hall.

“While I’ve experienced some serious flu-like symptoms this week, I’m feeling much better and looking forward to making a full recovery,” Irvin said. “As we know, this isn’t the case for everyone and that’s why we all must take this so seriously. I am imploring our community to stay at home. The only way to beat this is by working together. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary.”

Ziman and her command staff began self-quarantining on the morning of Saturday, March 21, following the recommendations after the police supervisor was tested for COVID-19 the prior evening. She and her team have continued to lead the police department remotely while awaiting results.

Ziman had begun to experience some mild symptoms and on Thursday evening, Chief Ziman was notified that she tested positive for COVID-19. “I am doing well and have continued working utilizing video and conference calling with our team at the Aurora Police Department and at the city every day to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and our department and city operations,” Ziman said. “This
is an all hands on deck effort, we’ve taken steps to protect our officers and practice social distancing, but this virus is here and we need everyone’s help to stop the spread.”

Ziman said the police officers who are working every day are the real heroes.

Officials said Irvin’s and Ziman’s work areas at City Hall and the Aurora Police Department were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected last week. The CDC mandates at least a 14-day quarantine period for positive cases from the date of the initial test. During the next week or so, both the mayor and police chief will continue to work with the city’s COVID-19 Task Force safely from home.

The city of Aurora’s COVID-19 resource site is updated daily at www.aurora-il.org/health.

SOURCE: city of Aurora news release

11:50AM FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Elgin allows curbside alcohol sales, waives liquor license fees

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain signed a proclamation and order on March 26 providing liquor license renewal extensions and fee relief to certain license holders and approving temporary curbside pickup and delivery of alcohol sales.

These measures are additional ways the city of Elgin is taking action to assist local businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Liquor Licenses

  • All liquor license will now expire July 31, 2020, not April 30. This timeline is the same as the State of Illinois’ liquor license extension. • The annual liquor license fee for the license year beginning April 30, 2020 are waived. This waiver applies to all license holders except for package liquor stores (any business with a B, B-1, B-2 B-4 or B-5 Class liquor license). The various B-Class license holders have not been forced to suspend operations like other restaurants and bars.

Video Gaming Licenses

  • Consistent with liquor licenses, all video gaming licenses issued by the City will now expire July 31, 2020, not April 30.

Alcohol – Curbside Pick-up and Delivery

How does this work?

Until April 7, businesses that sell alcohol, like restaurants, bars, grocery stores and liquor stores can offer curbside pickup and delivery of alcohol in its original sealed container.

Do they have to check ID’s?

From a safe social distance, the person selling or delivering the alcohol needs to be able to confidently verify if the person is over the age of 21. If it is questionable, the sale will not occur and the purchase will be fully refunded.

What can I order or pick up?

Anything that is in an original sealed container. For instance a bottle or can of beer, bottle of wine, or a bottle of liquor.

What about…

  • Draft Beer?
    • No, since it would not be in its original container. *An exception is with growlers; see below.
  • Mixed drinks or shots?
    • No, shots or mixed drinks like a gin and tonic or margarita are prohibited.
  • What about Growlers?
    • Yes. Growlers are able to be picked up and delivered as long as they are sealed.
  • Kegs and taps?
    • Yes, but the limit on gatherings of more than 10 people are still in effect.

Remember, you still cannot drink alcohol or have open alcohol while driving. Please be safe.

Please call your local restaurant of choice to find out if and how they are implementing these services.

City of Elgin Resource Mapping Hub

Many restaurants and their current service offerings are already listed on the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub, where residents can go for updated and accurate information.

11:30AM FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Where To Find Important Information From Kane County Hospitals

 

10:50AM THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Actions You Can Take at Home To Help Garbage, Recycling Efforts

PACE Officers Free Rides For Medical Personnel

Pace Suburban Bus is offering free rides on all Pace fixed route bus and On Demand services to all medical personnel — including doctors, nurses, EMTs, and paramedics — for the duration of the state’s “stay at home” order.

To ride free, medical personnel must present a work ID showing that they are employed at a hospital, doctor’s office, medical facility or local fire department.

For the latest information on Pace’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, see: https://bit.ly/3bqeNNt

Under the statewide Stay At Home order, residents can still go to grocery stores, pharmacies, fuel their cars, and take walks outside. Local roads, including highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic.

Pace is considered an essential service and will continue to provide the vital services our passengers rely on.

What Pace is doing:

  • Waiving fares for medical personnel during the stay at home order
  • Disinfecting our fleet daily
  • Communicating with riders at PaceBus.com/Health
  • Closing our indoor spaces to limit the virus’s spread
  • Coordinating with other agencies

How you can help:

  • Wash your hands, cover your cough, don’t touch your face, and stay home if you are sick!
  • Give other riders space (‘social distance’)
  • Reconsider unnecessary travel
  • Check before you ride: Is your destination open? Is our service running regularly on your route?

CLICK THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM PACE

1:55PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Aurora Cracks Down on Businesses

11:15AM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

City of Elgin Hum provides community information during Stay at Home Order

As part of the continued response to the coronavirus and its impacts to the community and economy, the City of Elgin released a new interactive mapping hub that supports local businesses and organizations, while providing consistent information for its residents.

Other quick updates from local governments, via email blasts:

4PM TUESDAY, MARCH 24

2PM TUESDAY, MARCH 24

Kane County Zoning Staff Working Remotely

Here’s the latest on the Kane County Building Department status:

Kane County is continuing to accept and process building and zoning permit applications as well as our other programs. Our team is prepared, equipped and committed to serving residents and businesses as well as the development and construction community through this time.

We request that the public conduct business by phone and email as much as possible. In-person submittals may be made at our office during regular business hours, but will be limited to dropping off at the front counter. Please note the following changes to our policies and procedures for submittals:

  • PDF’s of applications, submittals, building plans, plan revisions and other documents typically submitted as a hard copy may now be emailed to KaneBuildingDeptPermits<mailto: KaneBuildingDeptPermits@co.kane.il.us>.
  • Original copies may be required to be mailed or delivered in the future.
  • Payments for permit fees may be made online at ipn2.paymentus.com/rotp/kccs<https://ipn2.paymentus.com/rotp/kccs>.
  • Once an application has been approved and paid for, the applicant may be required to have the approved PDF printed and available on the project site for the inspector’s use.
  • In-person meetings with staff are by appointment only.

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Kane County Zoning Planner Keith Berkhout says his staff will be working throughout the COVID-19 “Stay at Home” order, but they won’t be at the Kane County Government Center.

“Due to the virus outbreak, zoning staff will not be present at the Government Center until further notice,” he said. “However, in order to do our part in keeping the economy and your plans moving forward, we will be checking voicemail and email throughout the day. We will also try to accommodate more detailed inquires with virtual staff meetings.”

Development & Community Services Department

Building & Zoning Division
Building Permits 630-232-3485
Building Inspections 630-232-5867
Zoning Administration 630-444-1236
Planning & Special Projects 630-232-3484
Community Services 630-232-3482
Cable, Telephone, Address Assignment, Dangerous Building Demolition, etc.
Historic Preservation 630-208-5347
Farmland Protection​ 630-232-3483
Growing for Kane Program​ 630-232-3493
FAX for all of the above 630-232-3411

 

10AM MONDAY, MARCH 23

Geneva Closes Non-Essential Offices, Starting Today

With the governor’s announcement calling for Illinois residents to “stay at home” due to the coronavirus outbreak, Geneva’s city facilities will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23.

The city will continue to provide public safety and essential services to the community; however, due to reduced staffing levels, there may be a delay in responding to non-emergency inquiries.

The governor’s March 20 executive order calls for residents to stay home from 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, through Tuesday, April 7, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People will be allowed to visit grocery stores, gas stations, doctor’s offices/hospitals, pharmacies, restaurants offering curbside service and their workplace if it is deemed essential by the governor’s executive order.

Taking walks outside or working in the yard also are permitted, but residents should maintain proper social distancing from others.

In the meantime, Geneva residents are encouraged to utilize electronic services to conduct city business. Utility bill payments can be paid online at www.geneva.il.us; over the phone by calling the Finance Division at 630-232-0854; mailed in; or deposited in drop boxes (no cash please) located at City Hall, the Finance Division and both fire stations.

Residents should call 911 in an emergency. Non-emergency concerns can be reported to the city online by clicking the Report A Concern” button on the City’s website, or by calling Geneva City Hall at 630-232-7494. A City staff email directory is also available online.

Garbage, recycling, yard waste and brush collection remain on the normal schedule.

At this time, no new permits are being reviewed by the City. Questions can be directed to the City’s Building Division at 630-262-0280.
Given the rapidly changing nature of this pandemic, the public is encouraged to check the City’s website for updates on the city’s coronavirus response page

5:20 PM SUNDAY, MARCH 22

Aurora Police Department Announces Employee Case of COVID-19

The Aurora Police Department has identified its first confirmed case of COVID-19 involving one of its employees.

A member of the department’s supervisory staff started feeling ill on March 17 and went home to seek medical treatment, which included being tested for COVID-19. As directed by health officials, the staff member immediately self-quarantined at home while awaiting the results.

APD was notified late yesterday (Saturday) by the Kendall County Health Department that the test result was positive for COVID-19. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the involved employee’s work area has been completed.

The staff member’s condition is already improving with the expectation of making a full recovery. The staff member lives outside of Aurora.

The Aurora Police Department will continue to monitor the health of its workforce and workspaces in all facilities, and we will act swiftly should anyone exhibit symptoms of the virus.

Other City of Aurora News Releases

 

 

UPDATE 7PM FRIDAY, MARCH 20

Four Elgin firefighters placed in isolation after transporting patient who later tested positive for COVID-19

On Thursday, March 19, Elgin Fire Department was notified by St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates that a three year old patient who was transported by Elgin firefighters on Thursday, March 12, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Those four firefighters that transported the patient are being isolated with an anticipated return date of March 27. All four firefighters have been asymptomatic since the child was transported.

“We are pleased so far to know that these four Elgin firefighters are asymptomatic,” said Elgin Fire Chief Robb Cagann. “Out of an abundance of caution, they will remain in isolation for another seven days and we look forward to having them back on the job as soon as possible.”

The Fire Department was just notified on March 19 as it currently takes seven to ten days for local patients to receive test results.

St Charles: This Is What ‘Say At Home’ Means

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker today announced a statewide “Stay-at-Home” order, effective March 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. through the end of April 7, 2020. This action is meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep Illinois citizens safe and to avoid overtaxing the healthcare system. Read the Governor’s Order here.

What does the Stay-at-Home order mean?

  1. Residents should stay in their homes as much as possible and stop non-essential social gatherings.
  2. There should be no gatherings of more than 10 people. (This is a change; previously no more than 50 was recommended.)
  3. Residents may still go complete essential tasks, for example: go to the grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy; put gas in your car, etc.
  4. Residents can still take walks outside.
  5. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic.
  6. All non-essential workers should stay home and work remotely when possible.

What is an “essential business?”

The list of essential businesses is included in the Governor’s Order.

What does this mean for St. Charles residents?

  1. ​All residents should follow the Governor’s Order.
  2. Residents should continue to practice social distancing to help slow virus transmission. More information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the symptoms to watch for is at cdc.gov.
  3. Do not hoard groceries and supplies.
  4. The City of St. Charles will continue to provide essential services related to public health, safety and welfare.

The City of St. Charles must adjust how we do business

Some expanded measures will be in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020:

  1. Other than first responders, City staff will have no longer have face-to-face contact with residents or visitors, until further notice.
  2. The Police Station at 1515 W. Main Street will be the only City building open to the public. All other City buildings will be closed to the public: Municipal Building at 2 E. Main St., Public Works Facility at 1405 S. 7th Ave., and our three Fire Stations at 112 N. Riverside Ave., 2900 Production Drive, and 2901 Campton Hills Road.
  3. Work will be limited to essential City functions.
  4. Some City workers may be working remotely at times.
  5. Some City departments may not be operating at full staff at times, please be patient.

“The Governor has stressed that all essential services remain available,” said St. Charles Mayor Raymond P. Rogina. “We, as a municipal government, provide essential services to our citizens every day and we will continue to do so to the best of our ability. We will do everything we can to minimize disruption to daily lives and aim to maintain as much normalcy as possible. However, the situation is evolving daily and we do not have all the answers. We ask for patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented public health crisis together.”

Rogina appealed to all residents to do their part during this crisis.

“Please understand there is a call to action for each one of us to follow the Governor’s order. We have a personal responsibility to be good citizens by practicing safe, preventative measures. I know St. Charles is a thoughtful and caring community. We’re all in this together. And together we will face this.”

More information about the state of Illinois response to the coronavirus outbreak, visit Coronavirus.illinois.gov

West Dundee Says Use Village Portal

Cities and villages in Kane County reacted immediately to Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcement this afternoon of a “Stay at Home” order.

The village of West Dundee asked residents to follow the statewide order, follow the CDC guidelines and take advantage of the village’s online portal.

“Please be advised that non-essential village personnel will be working off-site as needed for the duration of the Stay At Home order,” officials said in an e-blast. “We would continue to encourage use of the village’s online payment portal for water and sewer utility bills, parking tickets, or other payments due to the village of West Dundee.

“Please click here to revisit our previous email outlining changes to Village operations and ways to contact us during this closure.”

UPDATE 11:57AM FRIDAY, MARCH 20

Update on Recycling and Waste Hauling

It’s best to check with your local municipality or waste-hauling services for the most up-to-date information. Click this link for a list of local waste haulers and their contact information.

Click on the article icon below or click this link to read the full KCC article by Jennifer Jarland.

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UPDATE: 2:55PM THURSDAY, MARCH 19

Village of East Dundee Implements ‘Phase 2’ of COVID-19 Plan

Village President Lael Miller, the Village Board and village staff today announced Phase 2 of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emergency Staffing & Operations Plan.

“These difficult decisions are not being taken lightly and are necessary to (protect) the village of East Dundee and its residents,” Miller said in a news release.

The village will:

  1. Continue the provision of essential services and make the village available for mutual aid assistance.
  2. Decrease the chances and number of village workforce becoming infected with COVID-19, therefore, still being able to provide essential village services.
  3. Decrease the spread of COVID-19 among our workforce and to the public.
  4. Maintain our valuable staff for when operations return to normal.
  5. Secure the financial future of the village to the best of our ability.

Therefore, effective starting on Monday, March 23, 2020, and until further notice, the village is implementing the following operational changes:

Facilities Closed to the Public

ALL village facilities are closed to the public and essential services are to be provided by appointment only or by using the red phone in the Police Department lobby. The facilities closed include:

  • Village Hall
  • Police Department
  • Public Works buildings
  • The Depot

Suspended Services

The following services are suspended (please note this list is subject to change):

  • Administrative Adjudication hearings
  • Block parties
  • Solicitor’s permits
  • Car seat installation
  • Non-essential fingerprinting
  • Rental inspections and building inspections shall only be as necessary
  • Meter change outs
  • Depot food truck rental
  • All Village and private events
  • Private use of the village’s electronic sign
  • Other non-essential services as determined by the Village Administrator

Village Operations

  • Staffing Rotation  — limited staffing at Village facilities to minimize potential exposure and spread of the coronavirus among Village staff. Despite the new staffing rotation plan, Village Departments will remain operational and available to conduct Village business via telephone or email.
  • No in-person meetings will be held with external customers, residents, or other stakeholders. All communication shall be conducted via email, telephone, conference call, other electronic means such as Skype or FaceTime, etc.
  • All Village Board, Committee, and Commission meetings shall be held only as necessary and shall be suspended if possible. The Open Meetings Act has been suspended by the Governor, therefore, any public meetings held will be conducted by electronic means and the Village Administrator’s Office will determine how the public can best attend/participate.
  • All Village employees shall wear masks, gloves or other PPE whenever possible and practical when it is necessary to interact with the public and public documents. This is not to create panic, but to ensure we are doing what we can to prevent the spread of the virus.

Despite Village facilities being closed, residents and businesses continue to have access to services and information 24/7 via the Village’s website at www.eastdundee.net or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/villageofeastdundee/. Water bill and other payments can still be made on-line or by dropping off in the drop-box located outside the Village Hall. As Village of East Dundee President Miller indicated earlier this week, all water/sewer/garbage late payment penalties have been suspended until further notice. Also, the Village’s Building Inspector will continue to accept building plans and permits but only through electronic means.

Village COVID-19 Facebook Page

Also, the Village has created an official Facebook page dedicated to COVID-19 information and resources. This page is intended to keep timely information regarding COVID-19 in one place. Any Village issued information regarding COVID-19 will be placed on this page. Please take a moment to visit the page and “like” the page to receive updates in your Facebook newsfeed. The Facebook page can be found by going to https://www.facebook.com/VOEDCOVID19/.

North Aurora State of Emergency

Over the last few weeks, the village of North Aurora has been making operational changes to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for both our community and village staff.

North Aurora Mayor Dale Berman

“Today I am officially declaring a State of Emergency for the Village of North Aurora,” Mayor Dale Berman said in a news release.

Declaring a State of Emergency gives the village legal authority to operate and continue to best provide services by expanding our operating procedures during this very uncertain and ever changing time.

“I wish to assure you that I and the Village Board are in continuous contact with the village of North Aurora staff and all other public agencies so we can best continue to serve you while keeping our staff and our village safe,” Berman said.

St. Charles State of Emergency

The city of St. Charles today declared a state of emergency.

St. Charles Mayor Raymond P. Rogina

As result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the anticipated future impacts of this world crisis, the St. Charles City Council, in an emergency meeting held March 18, 2020, officially declared a local state of emergency and granted emergency authority to Mayor Raymond P. Rogina, city officials said in a news release.

This authority, as outlined in Ordinance 2020-M-11, is in effect until the next City Council meeting April 6, at which time the Council will consider whether to extend the authority.

This declaration primarily enables the City to receive potential federal and state disaster funding and allows the City flexibility to make decisions in order to maintain essential services during this unprecedented public health crisis.

For more on what the city is doing regarding the coronavirus and for official information resources, visit www.stcharlesil.gov.

UPDATED TUESDAY, MARCH 17

Officials from the Rockford Diocese — which serves all of Kane County — announced this afternoon (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) that it will join the Joliet and Chicago diocese in the suspension of public masses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malloy

Rockford Diocese Bishop David J. Malloy said both weekday and Sunday Masses,in the Diocese of Rockford would end as of tomorrow, March 18, 2020.

“That suspension reflects the most recent guidance from the federal government and from the state of Illinois for the limitation of public gatherings to reduce the opportunity for contracting and spreading the coronavirus,” Malloy said. “All catholics within the diocese are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.

Kane County Declares Emergency

UPDATE MONDAY, MARCH 16

Kane County Courts

Library Districts

The Batavia Public Library is closed until further notice.

Park Districts

Geneva Park District facilities will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, March 16, through April 3.

Montgomery Continues Operations, Reduces in-Person Interactions and Events

The village of Montgomery will continue operations while implementing several strategies to slow the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Montgomery Village Hall, Montgomery Police Department and Montgomery Public Works Department will all remain operational but will be closed to the public. Following guidelines from state and local officials for workplaces, staff members will be working remotely when possible. All essential Village services are expected to remain operational.

The general public needing to conduct business are asked to call ahead to determine whether business can be conducted by phone.

  • Building Permits and Inspections: (331) 212-9023
  • Police Department: (630) 897-8707
  • Public Works: (630) 896-9241
  • Water Billing: (630) 896-1357

In addition, village staff who interact with the public have been taking additional steps to ensure the public’s health, including sanitizing surfaces, maintaining wider distance in social situations and using personal protective equipment (PPE) when appropriate.

Payments

Most services provided by the Village of Montgomery can be accessed online.

You may pay:

  • Utility bill online at MontgomeryIL.org
  • Building Permits by calling (331) 212-9023
  • Police Fines by calling (331) 212-9061

Public Works Customer Service

In light of the current precautions that are being recommended for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, the Village will not be scheduling customer service appointments for the next two weeks unless it is an emergency.  We will be cancelling all non-emergency appointments that are scheduled at this time as well.  This is part of an effort to limit the possibility of spreading the virus, this is not only for the safety and wellbeing of Village employees but also for the residents.

Meetings and event postponements

All village and outside meetings/activities scheduled at Village Hall have been cancelled until March 31.

Algonquin Village Offices Closed to Public Starting March 16

In response to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of illness, the Village of Algonquin has taken a proactive step of closing all municipal buildings to the public, effective March 16.

The Police Department will remain open during this time; however, we are requesting that all non-emergency, not in progress crimes be called in to the non-emergency number at 847- 658-4531 to have the initial report taken via phone.

The closure of municipal facilities will initially take place from March 16 to March 20 and subsequently be reassessed.

Essential municipal administrative services will continue to be offered in a limited capacity by phone (847-658-2700), online chat, and email. The Village has staff assigned to keep communication channels open during the closure.  There will be no reduction in services for public safety and the Village encourages residents to conduct business online, via mail or by phone, where possible.

Plans are in place for water, sewer and public safety services to continue without incident. Non-emergency staff will be available during regular business hours to assist residents by phone, email or by appointment as appropriate. Groot collection will continue on schedule. Services such as utility bill payment can all be completed through the Village’s website, via the Village’s drop-box or by mail – Village of Algonquin, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102. The Village strongly encourages residents and businesses to use online services as much as possible.

The village’s online service request portal has several categories of service requests available. If you need assistance with services such as processing a payment online or via mail, please contact us with any inquiries.

As this is an ongoing situation, the Village will continue to share updates to its website at www.algonquin.org and on social media. Residents are encouraged to sign-up for Village e-news via the Village website as well.

The Ganek Municipal Center and Historic Village Hall will be open on Tuesday, March 17, for the Illinois General Primary Election, though there will be no in-person Village services.  Additionally, the Village Board meeting and public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 will proceed as normally scheduled.

These decisions were made based upon guidance from the CDC, which recommends limiting in-person interactions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19. As always, the Village’s top priority is to promote the health and safety of our customers, employees and community.

The Village will continue to provide updates as information becomes available at www.algonquin.org.

For information about this news release, please contact Michael Kumbera, Assistant Village Manager, at 847-658-2700.

City of Elgin Declares State of Emergency

In the city of Elgin’s ongoing efforts to effectively prepare for the health, safety and economic impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19, Mayor David Kaptain signed a proclamation of emergency Friday.

The proclamation of emergency allows City officials to assemble resources and personnel to expedite emergency planning measures and boost the ability to deploy rapid response to threats posed by the coronavirus.

“Protecting the health and safety of the people in Elgin remains my first priority,” said Mayor David Kaptain. “The proclamation is a proactive measure to ensure public safety and to expedite the procurement of goods and services and emergency planning decisions.”

The emergency powers conferred on the mayor by the Elgin Municipal Code include, but are not limited to:

  • The power to purchase or goods and services the Mayor deems necessary to the City’s emergency response or for facilities
  • The power to lease real property, structures, or both the Mayor deems necessary for the continued operation of City government
  • The power to adopt rules to expedite issuance of permits necessary to address issues that arise from the emergency
  • The power to redirect City funds to pay expense incurred as a result of responding to the emergency, to the extent sufficient funds are available and budgeted
  • The power to delegate any or all of these duties to the City Manager, who may in turn delegate any or all of the duties

A complete list of emergency powers can be found in Elgin Municipal Code Chapter 2.76.040 at cityofelgin.org/code.

The city of Elgin is implementing measures consistent with revised guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control.

Gatherings of more than 250 people at city facilities such as the Hemmens Cultural Center and the Heritage Ballroom are postponed or cancelled until at least the end of March.

Smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of six feet per person, and subject to final discretion by the city. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus should be limited to no more than ten people, while also following social distancing guidelines.

Staff is contacting event organizers to discuss options such as rescheduling or refunds.

City public recreation facilities remain open. Users are encouraged to clean equipment before and after use and practice good hygiene and social distancing.

Staff will be reevaluating the need to extend cancellations beyond the end of March.

Suspending Non-Essential Inspections

All non-essential inspections are being suspended until the end of March to limit the public’s and city employee exposure to potentially unsafe situations. Life safety inspections and responses will continue during this time, but with extra steps being taken to ensure public safety.

While interacting with the public inspectors are being asked to maintain the Centers for Disease Control recommended distance of six feet from people as much as is practical and when needed will be using face and eye protection. During this time the city will not be imposing missed or rescheduled inspection fees.

Specific inspection information is outlined below.

Code Compliance

The division will be suspending interior inspections within homes and apartments, including routine rental license inspections. Interior inspections for life safety issues, like unsanitary conditions or unsafe structures, will still continue but with additional steps to further protect the public health.

Building Permit and Fire Prevention Inspections

Building permit inspections will be continuing as they often relate to fire suppression, electrical, natural gas or safe construction practices. Screening questions to determine if any persons present are experiencing cold or flu symptoms will be asked at the time when inspections are being scheduled. If individuals have been experiencing symptoms, they will be asked to not be present or away from the area during inspections.

Water Meter Upgrades and Installation

Water meter upgrades are being suspended and new water meter installations are continuing. As with all continuing inspections, screening questions will be asked and additional safety and distancing steps will be taken when necessary.

Health Department

Health Department inspections will continue as normal.

Limiting City Employee Exposure to the Public While Maintaining Essential Services

Operational procedures are being implemented to limit City employee exposure to the public while maintaining essential city services.

First Responders and Inspectors

Emergency communications operators are asking screening questions related to coronavirus when handling specific medical calls. Firefighters are using personal protective equipment to limit their exposure when encountering a patient with symptoms of coronavirus.

Police officers, firefighters and all code compliance, building, water and fire safety inspectors are exercising social distancing. These employees will be asking screening questions before arriving at their locations and will be wearing personal protective equipment when necessary.

City of Elgin Facilities

Hand sanitizing stations with coronavirus information are stationed at all counters where the public interacts with staff. The building maintenance staff is contracting for additional staff to increase the cleaning and disinfection of public facilities including restrooms, kitchens, doors and walkways.

Self-sanitizing wipe stations remain available in fitness center areas with members being encouraged to clean fitness equipment before and after use as a precaution.

The Elgin Fire Department has the capability to treat city facilities with a special disinfectant called “Biomist” when necessary. Biomist sanitizing systems are registered with the FDA as a medical device used by hospitals, pharmaceutical plants and some of the nation’s largest food processors.

Biomist takes the anti-microbial power of concentrated alcohol and atomizes it into a non-flammable, penetrating mist that kills pathogens.

What you can do to minimize risk?

Pay your water bill online at cityofelgin.org/waterbill, over the phone or by dropping a check in the drop box outside the City Hall entrance. Municipal parking tickets and code citations  can also be paid online at cityofelgin.org/paybill.

Stop the Spread of Germs

The city of Elgin will be continuously monitoring developments and disseminating accurate and helpful information. The

CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, such as staying home when sick, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, following proper respiratory cough etiquette, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release

Geneva: City Shares Coronavirus Updates, Health Resources

City News

In response to the spread of the Coronavirus in Illinois and across the country, the city of Geneva has provided a web page of resources and information from health agencies to keep residents connected with the latest developments.

As of March 13, all City departments and services are operating without disruption, and all City Council and advisory board meetings are taking place as scheduled.

Residents are encouraged to pay their utility bills online or by calling the Finance Division at 630-232-0854.

The city’s Natural Resources Committee has cancelled its Saturday, March 21, Fabyan Work Day after the Forest Preserve District of Kane County suspended all volunteer events and workdays through the end of March.

Visitors To Geneva Public Buildings

In an effort to protect everyone from illness, the city is taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in regards to visitors to our public buildings. Signs are posted on the doors asking people a series of questions.

Those who answer “yes” to any of the following statements should not enter City Hall, the Finance Division or any other city buildings:

  • I have recently traveled to a country where COVID-19 is spreading within the past 14 days;
  • I have been in close contact with people who have traveled to countries where COVID-19 is spreading within the past 14 days;
  • I have been around people who are sick with colds or flu;
  • I have a fever, or have had a fever within the past week;
  • I have been nauseated, vomited or had diarrhea within the past week.

Residents can always call Geneva City Hall at 630-232-7494, and our staff would be happy to direct your call to the appropriate party.

SOURCE: city of Geneva news release

East Dundee Implements Emergency Staffing

In efforts to protect public health and the spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, the village is putting in place an Emergency Staffing and Operations Plan.

“While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Dundee (as of Friday, March 13), as an arm of the government providing essential and emergency response services, it is imperative the village take the proper precautions to protect the health of our valuable and critical staff so that we can continue to ensure the provision of Village services being provided to our residents and business community,” officials said in a news release.

As of today and until further notice, the village is implementing the following operational changes:

Residents and businesses are encouraged to use alternative measures to contact the Village and make payments.

  • Conducting village business by telephone or email is the preferred method, therefore, limiting face-to-face meetings at Village Hall. This includes making payments for utility bills online via the Village’s website at www.eastdundee.net, or by dropping payments in the drop-box located outside of Village Hall.
  • Persons with flu-like symptoms are prohibited from entering Village facilities and proper signage is being placed with this message at all Village facilities.
  • The village will suspend in-person meetings with external customers/residents. Officials encourage contacting the village via telephone or email. As of now, Village Board meetings are scheduled to be conducted as planned, but please watch the village’s website for any changes that may be implemented.
  • Village staff, wherever possible and practical, will be wearing masks and wearing gloves when interacting with the public or public documents. This is not to create panic, but to ensure we are doing what we can to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • In regard to the Village’s Building Department, inspections shall only be conducted as necessary and rental inspections shall be suspended.

Other measures are being put in place for village staff to limit their potential exposure to others in efforts to limit the potential spread of the virus. Village staff is taking steps that village facilities are cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day.

Should the spread of the virus worsen, village staff is prepared to make further adjustments to staffing and operations to limit exposure and the spread of the virus.

“Please rest assured that the village has a plan in place to ensure the delivery of essential Village services should an outbreak occur in our community/region,” officials said.

The village seeks the assistance of our community to also aid in the potential spread of the virus by seeking reliable sources for information on COVID-19 and performing best practices, such as washing hands and social distancing.

Residents can monitor the village’s website and Facebook page for up-to-date information on COVID-19 and any further adjustments to village services.

The village also recommends seeking information on the virus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Kane County Health Department.

For more information about what you can do to protect yourself from contracting and spreading the Coronavirus, please see the CDC’s website.

Non-Profits, Religious Organizations

First Congregational Church of Dundee (FCC), “The Church on the Hill” Activities Suspended until Further Notice

The First Congrational Church of Dundee has suspended activities and closed the church to all gatherings and activities, including in-person worship.

Every Sunday, church officials will offer a live-streamed service at 10 a.m., including a prayer, scripture reading, message and blessing.

“You can join us on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/FCCofDUNDEE/, where you will also find our most up-to-date information,” officials said. “Look for more information in the days to come.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us and we will respond as best we can.”

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Kane County Connects Daily Updates

  • COVID-19 OVERVIEW — A roundup of national and international updates.
  • COVID-19 STATE — State of Illinois and Illlinois Department of Public Health updates. (Includes daily updates from Gov. JB Pritzker’s news conferences and Kane County COVID-19 alerts from the IDPH.)
  • COVID-19 KANE COUNTY — Kane County updates, including information from the Kane County Health Department, courts, Sheriff’s Office, and all units of county government.
  • COVID-19 COMMUNITIES — A roundup of information from municipalities, park districts, libraries, as well as local human interest stories.
  • COVID-19 SCHOOLS — Updates on school closings or openings, meals and online learning.
  • COVID-19 HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE — Vital links to local hospital and health-care websites and additional trusted information on COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 BUSINESS / CONSUMERS / JOBS —Business news, what’s open and closed, where to find stuff you need,  updates from local chambers of commerce, job openings.
  • COVID-19 CONNECTIONS — Stories about people, good news, personal observations, photos, miscellaneous news, quirky and fun stuff related to the days of COVID in Kane.
  • COVID-19 HELP — How to find help and give help to others. Local resources, volunteer opportunities, donation sites and other local efforts to help people during the COVID-19 emergency.